Re: Meltzer: Speaking up for steroids
- From: "Bob-Nob" <bobnob15@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 22:17:30 -0000
richarcarlisle venit, vidit, et dixit:
"Bob-Nob" <bobnob15@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
richardcarlisle venit, vidit, et dixit:
IMO, the reason that the "war on drugs" will fail is for the same
reason that Prohibition failed early last century. People want to
use drugs. If they do so and don't hurt anyone else in the process,
let them do so. Government should stay out of private behavior. But
I am all for harsh penalties for those who use drugs and commit
crimes while under the influence especially where children are
As I say, I tend to lean towards you and the libertarians on this
particular issue, though there are probably plenty of exceptions
for which I'd be okay with the government's addressing private
Care to name any of these exceptions for "victimless" crimes?
Nope. ;) I wasn't saying I could think of any, but I didn't
want to commit to a principle ("all 'victimless' crime should
be legalized") and then have someone ask, "Well, what about X?"
and be put in the position of having to adjust.
I am for legalizing street drugs, prostitution and gambling. Of
course prostitution and gambling are legal in some state already.
I'd probably be okay with legalizing some drugs (possibly all
of them -- I'd want to hear the arguments for and against), I'd
probably be in favor of decriminalizing prostitution and gambling.
Offhand, I might be in favor of suicide and driving without a
seatbelt too. And others besides. But I'm sure I've not thought
enough about any of the ramifications of legalizing these things
to be certain I won't change my mind tomorrow in the face of a
good counter-argument. Marijuana, on the other hand? At this
point, I feel comfortable with legalizing it -- I think I've
heard enough of the arguments for and against legalizing it that
I feel comfortable siding with the "legalize it" crowd. *shrugs*
Here's one that does bother me: by law, we accept that
18 year olds are mature enough to vote for the leadership of
the country. We accept that they are mature enough to drive
automobiles. We accept that they can make mature decisions
about whether or not to have sex. We accept that they are
mature enough to die for our country as part of the armed
....but they're held to be too immature to purchase alcohol
(in most of the US)? That's ridiculous to me. I'm not
saying that 18 year olds should be drinking, but the
discrepancy between being deemed mature enough to make
informed decisions about those other things, but not old
enough to drink is one that doesn't sit well with me. I'd
either raise those other ages, or lower the drinking age.
Catch you later.
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